Ship hijacked off UAE ordered to sail to Iran

The bitumen tanker MV Asphalt Princess is heading into the congested approach to the Strait of Hormuz, it said.

It is not clear who has seized the ship but analysts says Iranian forces will be suspected.

Iran's Revolutionary Guards dismissed the reports as a pretext for "hostile action" against Tehran.

The incident comes less than a week after an oil tanker operated by an Israeli-owned company was attacked by a drone off Oman, killing two security guards - one British and the other Romanian.

UAE sends medical aid to Pacific Island countries in fight against COVID-19

The countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Cook Islands, and Niue.

Commenting on the delivery, Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Australia, said, "Today’s aid shipment to Pacific island countries reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to support and stand by these countries to contain the spread of COVID-19 by providing critical medical supplies and protection to strengthen the efforts of healthcare personnel."

Fire engulfs skyscraper in UAE city of Sharjah

Dozens of firefighters worked to put out the blaze in the Abbco Tower using at least a dozen fire engines and drones, a local journalist reports.

They are now trying to cool the 48-floor building down.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or of the likely cause of the fire.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 21:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

At least five buildings nearby were evacuated as the fire service worked at the scene, the Dubai-based Khaleej Times reports.


Brisbane could miss Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight as adviser claims bout will be held in UAE

Duco Events, which promotes Horn in partnership with Bob Arum's Top Rank, was confident the fight would be held at Suncorp Stadium on April 23 in what would be one of the biggest bouts ever staged on Australian soil.

The venue had already been booked while the Queensland Government had confirmed it would reach into its pockets to host an event predicted to be seen by close to one billion boxing fans around the world.

UAE hosts global push to save antiquities from conflict

France and the UAE are leading a push to create a $100m fund to protect and restore antiquities under threat from extremists and fighting.

Historic sites in Syria, Mali and Iraq have been smashed and blown up by Islamist militants in recent years.

Others in Syria and Yemen have been damaged by shelling and missiles.

"Part of our history has been lost forever, with the goal of fanaticism being to undermine our hope for the future," the five said in a statement.

Using VPN in the UAE? You'll be fined up to $545,000 if get caught!

Yes, you heard that right.

Online Privacy is one of the biggest challenges in today's interconnected world. The governments across the world have been found to be using the Internet to track people’s information and conduct mass surveillance.

Here VPNs and proxy servers come into Play.

VPNs and proxy servers are being used by many digital activists and protesters, who are living under the most oppressive regimes, to protect their online activity from prying eyes.

However, using VPN or proxy in the UAE could land you into great difficulty.